ski

Welcome to the official Ski Oakenfull Website.
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix over 50 tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. Alongside his production work, Ski holds the position of Head of Education & Development at Point Blank Music School where he writes courses in electronic music for their BA (Hons) degree programmes. He has also made over a hundred videos for the school's YouTube channel which have racked up over six million views.. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

Todd Terje - 'Inspector Norse' Deconstruction at LMC

Todd Terje - 'Inspector Norse' Deconstruction at LMC

Check out the Point Blank blog piece here: https://plus.pointblankmusicschool.com/track-deconstruction-todd-terje-i...

DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT MIDI FILES FREE: coming soon!

Ski Selection Vinyls Radio Nova 11 September 2000

Date: 
22 February, 2020

Avicii - 'SOS' ft. Aloe Blacc Deconstruction at IMS Malta 2019

Avicii - 'SOS' ft. Aloe Blacc Deconstruction at IMS Malta 2019

Check out the Point Blank blog piece here: https://plus.pointblankmusicschool.com/track-deconstruction-avicii-sos-f...

DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT MIDI FILES FREE: http://bit.ly/AVICIIMIDI

Radio Show #11 - 2019 Vinyl Selection

Date: 
30 December, 2019

This show was recorded on 29th December 2019

Here's the playlist:

1. Bob Perna - Ole [1975]
2. Ryuichi Sakamoto - Andata (Electric Youth Remix) [2018]
3. Ryan Teague - Recursive Iteration II [2019]
4. Beabadoobee - She Plays Bass [2019]
5. John Coltrane - Countdown [ 1960]
6. David Sylvian - Where the railroad meets the sea [1986]
7. BBC radiophonic workshop - Electronics (Marshland / Grinder / Loom) [1975]
8. Haruomi Hosono - Haruomi Hosono [1989]
9. Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock - Butterfly
10. Japan - European Son [1982]
11. Sherrick - Just Call [1987]
12. Chaka Khan - Fate [1981]
13. Todd Terje - Inspector Norse [2012]
14. The Balistic Brothers vs The Eccentric Afros - Blacker [1994]
15. The K-Creative - To Be Free (Pal Joey Remix) [1992]

Björk - 'Venus As A Boy' Deconstruction

Björk - 'Venus As A Boy' Deconstruction

I really enjoyed collaborating with the amazing Glaiza DeCastro, Clare Selby and string players from the Royal Academy of Music on this deconstruction of Björk's Venus as a boy for Point Blank Music School

Here are some links to a few of the devices I used:
Roland Cloud JX-3P: https://www.rolandcloud.com/catalog/legendary/jx-3p
TAL Audio TAL-U-NO-LX: https://tal-software.com/products/tal-u-no-lx

DD0605 Disk Dubs - Ski Oakenfull // 03-11-19

Date: 
5 November, 2019

"What a challenge to try to define my musical 'DNA' through a two hour selection of tracks! Still, it is a great honour to have been asked, and I have found it to be a very satisfying experience. I hope that the playlist works as an enjoyable listen as well as marking crucial points in the evolution of my musical appreciation. The hardest thing was knowing where to start and choosing what to miss out. I could have included artists such as Howard Jones, Depeche Mode & Tears for Fears who I loved as a teenager for example, but instead I tried to focus on tracks that had the biggest impact on me when I first discovered them and have subsequently become musical reference points for my own compositions.

Looking back at my selection, it seems that the one common thread is Jazz, whether that's Johnny Marr's guitar chords, Larry Heard's synth pads or Ryuichi Sakamoto's piano riffs. Jazz can define an attitude as well as a sound, so maybe this explains my choices. I'd just like to say a massive thanks to all the friends, DJs, podcasters, musicians, producers, colleagues and students who have expanded my musical vocabularly over the years. I am eternally grateful, and I can't wait to hear what's round the corner!"
Tracklist:

1. Dauwd – What's There
This immaculately produced future-garage track from Dauwd blew me away when I first heard it on Giles Peterson's radio show in 2012. Dauwd sets the bar extremely high with his precision programming.

2. Lone – Pulsar
I've been a massive fan of Lone since I watched his first Boiler Room set. He manages to create a perfect blend of soulful 90's house with delicate ambient textures. In this track from his 'Ambivert Tools Volume Four EP' I can really hear the influence of 'Papua New Guinea' by Future Sound of London, especially when the breakbeat comes in.

3. Larry Heard - What About This Love?

Halsey - Without Me Deconstruction

Halsey - Without Me Deconstruction

This track really blew me away when I first heard it, so I really wanted to investigate further.

Rather than trying to stick to native Ableton devices, I was a bit more liberal with third party plugin usage this time.

Check out:
Roland Cloud JV1080: https://www.rolandcloud.com/Catalog/Legendary/JV-1080
Lennar Digital Sylenth: https://www.lennardigital.com/sylenth1/
Native Instruments Kontakt Piano: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/keys/the-gentleman/
TAL Audio TAL-U-NO-LX: https://tal-software.com/products/tal-u-no-lx
LKJB Luftikus EQ: https://lkjbdsp.wordpress.com/luftikus/

Adamski feat. Seal - Killer Deconstruction

Adamski feat. Seal - Killer Deconstruction

I had a lot of fun researching the history and sounds behind this classic track!

Massive respect to Adamski for getting involved and coming along to Point Blank for an interview.

Here are some of the links to things I referred to in the video:
NetVST: http://netvst.org/blog/
SQ8L: http://www.buchty.net/ensoniq/
SQ80 Wavetables: http://buchty.net/ensoniq/files/the_waves.zip
Auto Sampler (in Mainstage): http://cdm.link/2015/02/apples-mainstage-auto-sampler-turns-hardware-sof...

Bring it on (Ski Oakenfull Remix)

Artist: 
Roberta Gentile
Release Date: 
1 March, 2019
Record Company: 
Splash Blue
Format: 
Remix
Format: 
Track(s) on LP
Role: 
Remixer (Ski)
Bring it on (Ski Oakenfull Remix)
Tracklisting: 
Bring it on (Ski Oakenfull Remix)

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Bring it on (Ski Oakenfull Remix)

Ryuichi Sakamoto with Gilles Peterson // 17-01-19

Date: 
17 January, 2019

I was very honoured to be asked to select three Sakamoto tracks for this show and also talk a little bit about them. It was broadcast in 17th January 2019 to celebrate Ryuichi's 67th birthday.
https://worldwidefm.net/show/ryuichi-sakamoto-with-gilles-peterson/

Tracklist:
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Energy Flow [Sony/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Riot In Lagos [Island]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Solari [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure Ryuichi Sakamoto – Zure
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Technopolis [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Walker [Commmons/ Milan]
Yellow Magic Orchestra – Behind The Mask [Alfa]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Disintegration [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Commmons/ Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (Arca Remodel) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Life Life (Andy Stott Remodel) [Milan]
Towa Tei Ft Ryuichi Sakamoto – Obrigado [Elektra]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – FF2 [Milan]
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon [Raster-Norton]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Electric Youth Remodel) [Milan]
Cornelius – If You're Here (Ryuichi Sakamoto Rework) [Warner Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – School In Paris [Milan]

// Ola Szmidt Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Main Theme from Wuthering Heights [Toshiba EMI Japan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Middle Way ( From "Little Buddha" soundtrack) [Milan]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Only Love Can Conquer Hate ( From a "Babel" Soundtrack) [Warner Japan]

Yellow Magic Orchestra – Firecracker [Alfa]

// Ski Oakenfull Selection //
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives [Denon]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – I'll Be There [Columbia]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Seed and The Sower [London Records/Virgin]